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United Soybean Board Elects Ralph Lott as New Chair

New leadership for 2022 includes 11 Executive Committee members from New York, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Indiana, Illinois and North Dakota.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (Dec. 8, 2021) — Farmer-leaders of the soy checkoff elected Ralph Lott from Seneca Falls, New York, as 2022 Chair and 10 other farmer-leaders to serve on the Executive Committee at the United Soybean Board (USB) meeting Dec. 7-9 in St. Charles, Missouri.

“With a productive growing season, favorable soybean prices and increased demand in 2021, amid supply chain constraints, this is an exciting and pivotal time for U.S. Soy, both domestically and internationally. I appreciate the support of my fellow board members, and I am eager to work with them to identify initiatives that grow our markets and bring value back to the farm,” said USB Chair Ralph Lott. “I look forward to continuing the board’s success of making judicious soy checkoff investments in addressing both immediate and long-term supply and demand opportunities and driving resiliency for U.S. soybean farmers.”

The newly elected USB Executive Committee includes:

  • Ralph Lott, Chair — New York
  • Meagan Kaiser, Vice Chair — Missouri
  • Ed Lammers, Secretary — Nebraska
  • Steve Reinhard, Treasurer — Ohio
  • Tom Oswald — Iowa
  • Belinda Burrier — Maryland
  • Philip Good — Mississippi 
  • Kevin Wilson — Indiana
  • Gary Berg — Illinois
  • Matt Gast — North Dakota
  • Dan Farney, Past Chair (Ex Officio) — Illinois 

Key successes from 2021 include U.S. soybeans being used as an ingredient in more than 1,000 different products; notably Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced a new sustainable soybean oil procurement policy increasing market potential for soybeans. In addition, a checkoff-funded rural broadband report led to 15 recommendations for delivering high-speed internet needed by farmers and rural communities. One hundred million metric tons of U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol verified soy shipped internationally, and domestically, the USDA Dietary Guidelines highlighted the inclusion of soy products across the dairy, oils, vegetables and protein categories. This is on top of record export volume for the 2020/21 marketing year, as a result of strategic efforts to diversify international markets. 

“Generations of U.S. soybean farmers will benefit from this progress and investment decisions made by the checkoff’s volunteer farmer-leaders,” said Polly Ruhland, USB CEO. “The foresight of this board is reflected in their collective efforts to continue mapping a production and delivery path for sustainable U.S. soybeans globally on behalf of over 515,000 U.S. soybean farmers.”

The mission of the soy checkoff is to create value for U.S. soybean farmers by investing in research, education and promotion of U.S. soybeans. Research and promotion projects are implemented by USB with oversight from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. 

Since 1991, when the soy checkoff began working on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers, it has provided significant return on investment by leveraging partnerships that increase the value and preference for U.S. soybeans. The latest mandatory five-year independent economic evaluation, conducted in 2019, found that U.S. soybean farmers received an estimated $12.34 in added value for every dollar they invested in the checkoff. 

“In reflecting over this past year, I’m proud to see our checkoff contributions giving U.S. farmers more opportunities to deliver high-quality soy to a growing base of customers here and abroad,” said USB Past Chair Dan Farney. “I am honored and humbled to have served as Chair, and I look forward to working with our new leadership.”

Visit to learn about key investments made on behalf of soybean farmers.

About United Soybean Board: United Soybean Board’s 78 volunteer farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit



Paul Murphy-Spooner at United Soybean Board, 515.975.6584.

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